A ceremony in tribute to war heroes, heroic Vietnamese mothers and those who rendered their services to the revolutionary war took place in the central province of Quang Tri on July 18, ahead of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27).

Quang Tri suffered huge losses during the war, the pinnacle of which was the final strategic offensive – the historic Ho Chi Minh Campaign 1975 that led to the liberation of the southern region and national reunification, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education Dinh The Huynh said in his speech.

Before and after the Tet Offensive 1968, Quang Tri soldiers and people unyieldingly fought and defeated the most powerful American army units on the Route 9 battlefield, leading to the epic Khe Sanh – Huong Hoa victory that ruined the US’s civil war strategy, forcing it to sit down for negotiations at the Paris Conference.

Huynh recalled that the Quang Tri liberation campaign and heroic struggle to defend Quang Tri ancient citadel throughout 81 days and nights in 1972, together with the victories on other battlefields, paved the way for the 1975 General Offensive and Uprising that liberated the south and reunified the entire country.

The ceremony started with a performance demonstrating how Vietnamese soldiers crossed Thach Han river to march toward Quang Tri ancient citadel amid avalanches of fires.

On the occasion, commercial joint stock banks donated 100 billion VND (4.76 million USD) to local authorities for the construction of houses, health care and educational facilities.-VNA